Eight dead in lebanese shootout

Eight Lebanese, including two soldiers, were killed on Monday morning in a shootout between security forces and two fugitives. The incident occured outside a nightclub north of Beirut, the army said in a statement.

Mehdi Hussein Zeaiter and Ahmad Ali Ammar fired on an army patrol pursuing them outside a nightclub in the Maameltein area near the coastal city of Jounieh, “which led to the deaths of two soldiers,” the statement said.
“The patrolling officers returned fire and clashes broke out, resulting in the deaths of Zeaiter and Ahmad Ali Ammar, and four civilians who were also with them,” the army said.

Lebanon’s National News Agency said two young women were among the dead, and that the military police would investigate the incident.